John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Let My People Think

I am so honored and humbled by all the comments and email I got over the weekend from people who come by the blog on a regular basis. It's hard to believe that I created this blog four years ago primarily to keep up with our friends and family scattered across the country. It's grown now to nearly 1,000 hits per day! Thank you so much for your participation. I was interviewed by a reporter last Friday about Christians and the use of what is now being called "Web 2.0" technology -- social networking sites and blogs that create interactive communities. The reporter said she initially assumed that this was a way to reach out to the younger generation, but, after seeing how many folks come here who are not...er...from the younger generation, she may have to rethink the demographics.

One of the things that really made me happy was how many of you come here because the things we talk about stimulate your thinking. As many of you know, the whole reason I founded Faith 2.0 was to help people live better lives by re-examining what they really believe. I feel that has been precisely what we've been doing the past few months here as we've explored thoughts about God, about humans, about Jesus, about salvation and, most recently, about church.

These five things (theology proper, anthropology, christology, soteriology and ecclesiology) are what John Stott calls "five foundations for social involvement". They are the true foundation for developing what he refers to as "a Christian mind".

And yet....

There are some who seem to believe that we shouldn't devote too much time to cultivating our minds, our intellectual lives. Some even say it's "unspiritual". They say God wants our hearts. They say God wants us to obey whether we understand or not. They say we should not study anything other than the Bible, and that we should merely speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent.

Have you ever encountered this anti-intellectualism in churches? Why do you think it's so important for God's people to learn how to think critically?